PensonStringWerks Student Policies, Beginning Jan 1, 2010:
Policies Brief Overview
Lessons 50 minutes long, scheduled on the half hour. (Children, 25 minutes, age 13 cut)
Parking Please don t park in the driveway. I have a teen driver now who comes and goes.
Absences Cancels within 24 hours forfeit the lesson. If you re sick, we ll try to reschedule, but no guarantees. If I miss with less than 24 hours notice, you get a free lesson. Just don t get sick more than me.
Reschedules If you give me 24 hours notice, we will try to reschedule. Same day cancels are forfeited. There are usually at least 13 of a given weekday in a quarter, but my schedule is very full now, and reschedules are tricky. All reschedules have to happen within the same quarter. Limit 3 reschedules per quarter.
Payment I take checks or cash, and am also setup to take all major credit cards. No refunds for quarter payments, so make sure you can commit the time before enrolling. Lesson payments not transferrable to jam classes.
Paper/tablature I ve softened somewhat on this, and will even provide some tab from time to time, but I still really, really encourage you to rely on your eyes and your ears. You can work at home on tab, but I can t teach you someone else s tab.
Phones Please turn cell phones off during lessons. Nothing s so important it can t wait 50 minutes
Guns No guns, please. You might get mad at your instructor and shoot him:)
Parents There s a waiting room for you and Thomas will keep you company. Your presence in the music room can be distracting to the student.
Child rates - (For children 12 and under)
1 quarter, 3 months, 12-twenty five (25) minute weekly lessons, 360.00 (30.00/lesson) paid in full, in advance of the first lesson. All lessons must be taken within the stated quarter period. 12 lessons in 3 months presumes a weekly lesson, but scheduling can vary based on your availability. Per lesson individual rate is 30.00 for 25 minute lesson.
Payment: Due in full before first lesson of quarter, but I also send out early bird discount offers.
Payment methods: I accept cash, checks and all major credit cards.
Note: Please seriously consider your commitment before signing up. Make sure you can count on a regular day/time being available to you each week for the entire 12 to 14 weeks. (Consider holidays, vacations, etc.) The amount is non refundable and the lessons must be taken in the 3 month period. If you have a few lessons you missed and want to reschedule them all the last week of the quarter, there's only so much I can do as I don't have many holes in my calendar, especially at the end of the quarter. The quarter plan is based on assigning the student a regular recurring day/time slot. When my calendar is full, I can't guarantee a reschedule if you miss your day/time slot.
Per Lesson - Adults
The per lesson rate is 45.00/ hour for those not able to go with the quarter plan. These lessons are scheduled first come first serve. There is a 10.00 restocking fee for missed per-lesson lessons. Recurring lessons are only available to quarter students. You may schedule one up to one week ahead of your current scheduled lesson.
General - Housekeeping
Elsewhere on the site I talk about my views on tablature. I think its the worst way to learn, but I've come to soften my view over time. I was teaching completely paper free, but have come to recognize that all folks just aren't ready to trust their ears and eyes. I won't discourage you from jotting down notes, and I do even have a few tag sheets with a sort of quasi tab that I distribute. One thing I can't do, though is help you with tablature that you've gotten somewhere else. Sometimes students will come in with a sheet of tab and ask if I can teach them the song, or if I think it's good tab or not. I don't use tab myself, and am very slow at reading it. Moreover, I'd have to learn the song first, then teach it to you. So, please leave your tab home. I can only teach you what I know.
What Do I bring?
The best method for getting stuff home with you is to bring a thumb drive of at least 20 gig size. I video all the songs and tags, and will provide you with the full library of videos. Some folks will video me using their phone, and some will make digital sound recordings, but I think the best way is to bring a thumb drive. We can even video oyu playing so that when you get home you will be reminded.
Camps will be scheduled separately, as well as paid for separately. This is also due to scheduling problems as well as accounting issues. Jam camps will now be at 30/person for a 1.5 hour class.
Occasionally students will ask to miss a lesson and just come to jam class that week instead. This doesn't work because people pay different amounts for lessons than for jam camp, and it messes with my accounting and scheduling.